FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: Cedar Springs Public School Board of Education
Date: June 25, 2019
The Board of Education completed a comprehensive evaluation of first year Superintendent Scott Smith on Monday, June 24. Smith earned a rating of highly effective in his first year as the superintendent of Cedar Springs Public Schools. Board members used an evaluation system provided by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) to rate Smith’s effectiveness on 57 indicators. The seven members of the Board reviewed nearly 400 pages of artifacts representing Smith’s body of work for the 2018.19 school year.
Members of the Board cited several strengths in Smith’s work throughout the year citing his student focus, his use of effective systems, his capacity to develop others, his transparency, leadership style and details in the required artifacts for evaluation. While the District is in the process of developing a three-year strategic plan, Smith cites improving student achievement as his top priority for the foreseeable future.
The District Wide Strategic Plan complete with data input from stakeholders will be presented to the BOE in the July meeting. Progress made on the District strategic plan as well as on the District’s facility plan are both essential to Mr. Smith's success in year two. It is the common business practice at the time of the superintendent evaluation to review the superintendent contract. Mr. Smith recommended that the BOE to leave the contract as it currently stands. The BOE acted to approve the evaluation with a highly effective rating with a unanimous vote of 7-0.
CSPS Board of Education President